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Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

About

Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Education Required

  • Vocational School
  • On-the-Job
  • Associates Degree

Salaries

Median Annual Salary: $36,120
Starting Annual Salary: $23,980
Senior Annual Salary: $50,590

common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Welding Technology/Welder

What Work You'll Do

  • Dismantle metal assemblies or cut scrap metal, using thermal-cutting equipment such as flame-cutting torches or plasma-arc equipment.
  • Estimate materials needed for production and manufacturing and maintain required stocks of materials.
  • Gouge metals, using the air-arc gouging process.
  • Hammer out bulges or bends in metal workpieces.
  • Join parts such as beams and steel reinforcing rods in buildings, bridges, and highways, bolting and riveting as necessary.
  • Melt lead bars, wire, or scrap to add lead to joints or to extrude melted scrap into reusable form.
  • Mix and apply protective coatings to products.
  • Operate brazing and soldering equipment.
  • Signal crane operators to move large workpieces.
  • Use fire suppression methods in industrial emergencies.

Things You Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Abilities You'll Need to Have

Major Skills:
  • Math Skills
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Problem Solving
Additional Skills:
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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At a Glance

Education Required

  • Vocational School
  • On-the-Job
  • Associates Degree

Salaries

Median Annual Salary:
$36,120

Starting Annual Salary:
$23,980

Senior Annual Salary:
$50,590


common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Welding Technology/Welder